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9 Inspirational Movies Every Student Should Watch


If you want to study hard, get good grades, and then go out there and change the world, you’re going to need a healthy dose of inspiration. To get you excited to make your mark on the world, we’ve put together a list of the 9 inspirational movies that you really need to watch. Take a look, find them on Netflix, and then tell us what you thought. Enjoy!


Rocky: The archetypal underdog

Slogging through an essay and feeling like you’re constantly running uphill isn’t a great feeling, so why not watch a true warrior do it? Rocky is the archetypal underdog, and that’s why we all love him. He’s someone who could have done amazing things earlier in life if he had the right people around him, but he never got the chance. Then one day, he gets his big break, but only because the champion, Apollo Creed, thinks it’s going to be a routine beatdown.

The great thing about Rocky is that he gives it his all, and wins the respect of everyone for his efforts. When you feel like giving up, or you sense that you can’t do something, remind yourself what the man from Philadelphia would do if he were in your shoes…

the pianist

The Pianist: A true story of incredible survival against overwhelming odds

There’s nothing more compelling than a true story where someone triumphs against the odds, and they don’t come any more incredible than the story told by The Pianist. When a Jewish composer becomes trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto you would be mistaken for thinking that he would simply be resigned to his fate. But this was no ordinary man.

He makes it out alive, returns to his home, and lives well into his 80s. It’s a gritty film that paints a terrible picture, but it will make you thankful for the world you live in.


Hurricane: How a small number of people can make a huge difference

This is a pretty new film, and it tells the little known story of the Polish pilots who helped win the Battle of Britain in World War 2. With the RAF on its knees, and Britain looking certain to fall in a matter of weeks, a small group of Polish pilots took to the skies and helped turn the tide.

Mocked, chided, and even vilified in some quarters, they went on to record the highest success rate of any air force group in the war. The reason? They were driven on by the need to survive.

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The Social Network: The amazing story behind the birth of Facebook

Facebook is a part of all of our daily lives, but it wasn’t that way in 2004. Social media was in its infancy with sites like MySpace and Bebo being popular some of the time, but not quite bringing it all together. Then one guy got drunk, hacked a load of facebooks, and created something that would redefine the way the world communicates.

If you want to see what’s possible when you think different and are willing to put the work in, The Social Network is well worth a watch. It’s just the sort of easy viewing that you can put on at the end of a long day of studying and revising so you can get motivated for the hard work that lies ahead.


Jobs: The story of how Steve Jobs created the devices that we all know and love

Steve Jobs is a name that needs no introduction, and this is probably the best movie made about him to date. By seeing how he created intuitive, desirable, and ultra-durable devices that you can use to do anything from search the best writing services for students to listen to a 1000 hours of music, you’ll get a real sense of what creativity and willpower is all about.

the blindside

The Blind Side: From a teenager without a chance, to an NFL standout

Michael was just a big guy without anything going for him, until he stumbled across a family who would finally give him the love and support that he never had. He went from someone who could barely read and write, who wandered around at night just to stay warm, to one of the most sought after football players in the nation.

Coveted by colleges across the US because of his athletic skills, he was also able to show his love and care for the people around him when they needed him most. If you want to be inspired by how much difference one person can make to another’s life, sit back and take a look at The Blind Side.

the great escape

The Great Escape: A classic every student needs to watch

It’s the perfect balance of action and adventure, but it also shows you how much you can do with great teamwork in even the most testing of conditions. The Great Escape is a timeless classic that people of all ages need to watch.

If you want to give yourself the self-belief that will allow you to do anything in life, and go anywhere, then take a look at this amazing story. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat as you see whether they’ll get away with it or not.

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird: Why doing the right thing no matter what is what really matters

Doing the right thing matters, and it matters even more when no one else is doing it. To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of one man who decided to speak out against the segregation in the American deep south that came to define a generational struggle.

If you want to be inspired to always speak up so that you can help make the world a better place, then this is a story that you need to see. It’ll make you think about how you’d act, and why.

the pursuit of happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness: How Chris Gardner overcame the odds

Last but not least is Will Smith’s incredible portrayal of the life of a man by the name of Chris Gardner. He was a man of modest means who had the brains to go as far as he wanted in life, but circumstances got in the way.

One day he decided to embark on a career as a broker at all costs. Pushed to his limits, sleeping in shelters, and having to care for his young son, he was hired and later went on to become a multi-millionaire. If you’re not moved now, then you never will be!